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das Haus II

The das Haus conference organized by Chicago’s German American Chamber of Commerce was this past Friday.  I was expecting the event to go more in depth about Passive House strategies and specifications, but rather provided a broader overview of green technology initiatives initiated in Chicago, mostly in terms of retrofitting and high-performance new construction in the city.  This included Peter Ludwig with CNT Energy sbouy energy efficiency in residential; Jeff Kocinski with Chicago’s PHAUS; Mark Taylor with UIUC about the university’s entries into the solar decathlon and associated research; Jamie Pponce with C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group; and Erin Lavin Cabonargi with the Public Building Commission of Chicago.  Good conversation, good food, I must say it was a nice introduction CLICK for more

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das Haus – Passive House in Chicago

This week is the Das Haus mini-conference in Chicago, put on by the Passive House Alliance, Chicago chapter.  Being new to the city and in the job market, the event piqued my interest as a matter of sustainability and a good introduction to Chicago design and architecture. You may be asking, what is a Passive House?  Asking myself that, while on their website, the simple answer is “The Passive House concept represents today’s highest energy standard with the promise of slashing the heating energy consumption of buildings by an amazing 90%.” (PHIUS) Sustainbility is a core issue on many architects’ and designers’ agenda and value’s list, but to design by Passive House’s standards means it is integrated as a core CLICK for more